There maybe no hope that the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU since February 14, 2022 will be called off so soon, as the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern and shifted the responsibility to parents whose children are the victims of the almost six months old non stop strike or academic sit-at-home.
Federal Government official, Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment while speaking during the Politics Today interview programme on Channels Television on Friday, asked parents to beg ASUU to call off the strike.
“The moment they went on strike, we intervened, what is the manner again beyond that? Even before the strike began, we called them to a meeting, what manner is more than that? It’s not like we left them to go on strike first and we were sleeping, as the talk started, they still went on strike.
“You can not allow one sector of the economy to hold you down and then blackmail you to go and borrow 1.2 trillion naira and our total income is around 6.1 trillion naira and we have roads to build, health centres and other sectors to take care of.
“I will tell the parents, everybody to go and beg ASUU like the President said the other time, those who know them should appeal to their sense of patriotism. The nation can not ground to a halt because we want to take care of the demands of ASUU”, Festus Keyamo said.
It would be recalled ASUU declared a nationwide strike on Monday, February 14, 2022 and the strike has lingered till date.
ASUU demanded for the release of the revitalization funds for universities, earned allowances for university lecturers, deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers, renegotiation of the ASUU-Federal Government 2009 agreement among others.
Numbers of meetings between the striking lecturers and the Federal government have been held and all ended in deadlock.
Fortnight ago, President Muhammadu Buhari gave the Minister of Education order to resolve the ASUU crisis within two weeks but the ultimatum ended on Thursday, August 4 with no hope of calling off the strike or resolving the problem.